Journal article

Influences on recruitment to randomised controlled trials in mental health settings in England: a national cross-sectional survey of researchers working for the Mental Health Research Network

Rohan Borschmann, Sue Patterson, Dilkushi Poovendran, Danielle Wilson, Tim Weaver

BMC Medical Research Methodology | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Recruitment to trials is complex and often protracted; selection bias may compromise generalisability. In the mental health field (as elsewhere), diverse factors have been described as hindering researcher access to potential participants and various strategies have been proposed to overcome barriers. However, the extent to which various influences identified in the literature are operational across mental health settings in England has not been systematically examined. METHODS: A cross-sectional, online survey of clinical studies officers employed by the Mental Health Research Network in England to recruit to trials from National Health Service mental health services. The bespok..

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